Registration is not required. You must still complete an application for an absentee ballot such as the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to request absentee ballots. This form acts as a request for absentee ballots for all Federal elections in the calendar year in which it is submitted. Select the category that describes you. To vote in primary elections, you must enter your political party affiliation. If you want to change your political party affiliation, submit a completed FPCA indicating your new party preference to the local election official. For a listing of valid political parties in Massachusetts, please visit [http:// www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepar/paridx.htm] (http:// www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepar/paridx.htm). Political party affiliation is not required if only requesting absentee ballots for general elections. Name (Last, First, Middle) Your sex, race and Driver's License/Social Security Number are not required. Your date of birth is required. Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your county elections official to follow up if more information is required. Massachusetts allows you to receive the blank ballot by mail, email or fax. Please rank your preference of how you would like to receive your absentee ballot. Provide your email address or fax number in Block 5. If you do not make a selection, then your local election official will mail your ballot to you. Complete street address of your Massachusetts voting residence. A post office box is not sufficient. If your address includes a rural route, describe its location in Block 9. This address must be within the city or town where you claim legal voting residence. Complete address where you want your ballot sent, usually where you live now. Provide any information that may assist the local election official in accepting this application. This space can be used to designate particular elections or the period for which you wish to receive ballots. Sign and date. No witness or notary required. Massachusetts allows you to submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax. If you choose to mail your FPCA, mail the form directly to your local election office. Addresses can be found at the end of this section. If you choose to email your FPCA, you should send the form as a signed, scanned attachment. Email directly to your local election office. Email addresses can be found at [www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleclk/clkidx.htm] (http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleclk/clkidx.htm). If you choose to fax your FPCA, it is recommended that you fax the form directly to your local election official. Fax numbers can be found at [www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleclk/clkidx.htm] (http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleclk/clkidx.htm). You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service to fax your FPCA toll-free. To use the Electronic Transmission Service, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or at [www.fvap.gov] (http://www.fvap.gov), and fax to: (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527, or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683. International toll-free numbers can be found on the inside back cover or at [www.fvap.gov] (http://www.fvap.gov). To find out the status of your absentee ballot request, contact your local election office. Contact information can be found at[www.sec.state.ma.us/ele] (http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele). Your jurisdiction will contact you regarding the status of your application. You may submit a letter (or the State application) to your local election office to request a ballot. The letter (or State application) should identify you as an absent Uniformed Services elector or overseas elector and must include your birth date, signature, your printed name, voting residence address and address to which the absentee ballot should be sent. Your spouse, parent, in-law, sibling, child, stepparent/child, half-sister/brother, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew, grandparent/ child or person residing in the same household may request an absentee ballot on your behalf. Forms may be obtained at the local election office in the city or town of voting residence or at [www.sec.state.ma.us/ele] (http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele). Any form of written communication containing the required information may also be sent to the local election office. U.S. citizens who have never resided in the U.S. but have a parent who is eligible to vote in Massachusetts are eligible to vote at the same voting residence claimed by their parent for local, State and Federal offices. Massachusetts allows you to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) for voting in primary, special and general elections for Federal, State and local offices and non-candidate ballot issues. Feel free to use the FWAB to vote any time before an election, even if you have not applied for a State absentee ballot. Massachusetts does not require voter registration. Do not check the registration block. Select the category that describes you. Name (Last, First, Middle) Your sex, race and Driver's License/ Social Security number are not required. Your date of birth is required. Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your local election official to follow up if more information is required. To vote in primary elections, you must enter your political party affiliation. Complete street address of your Massachusetts voting residence. A post office box is not sufficient. If your address includes a rural route, describe its location in Block 9. This address must be within the city or town where you claim legal voting residence. Enter your current mailing address. Provide any information that may assist the local election official in accepting this ballot or application. Sign and date. No witness or notary required. Massachusetts allows you to use the FWAB for voting in all elections. To find out the races and candidates for which you can vote for State primaries and State elections, go to [www.sec.state.ma.us/ele] (http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele). To find out races and candidates for municipal elections, visit the city or town website. For each office for which you vote, write in either a candidate's name or a political party designation. Once the ballot is complete, fold and place it in the security envelope and seal. Place only the voted ballot in the security envelope and do not write on the security envelope. The deadline for submitting the FWAB by mail is the same as for State absentee ballots. However, if you are submitting your FWAB via email or fax, it must be received by the local election official by the close of polls on Election Day. If you receive the State ballot after submitting the voted FWAB, you may also vote and return the State ballot. If both ballots are received by the deadline, only the State ballot will be counted. Massachusetts allows you to submit the FWAB by mail, email or fax. Insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation into the mailing envelope and mail your FWAB directly to your local election official. If you choose to fax your FWAB, fax it directly to your local election official. Fax numbers for election officials can be found at [www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleclk/clkidx.htm] (http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleclk/clkidx.htm). Include ballot, voter affirmation, and cover sheet with secrecy waiver. You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service to fax your FWAB toll- free. To use the Electronic Transmission Service, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or at [FVAP.gov] (http://www.fvap.gov), and fax to: (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527, or toll-free from the U.S., Canada,Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683. International toll-free numbers can be found on the inside back cover or at [FVAP.gov] (http://www.fvap.gov). If you choose to email your FWAB, you should send it as a signed, scanned attachment. Include ballot, voter affirmation, and cover sheet with secrecy waiver. Email directly to your local election office. Email addresses can be found at [www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleclk/clkidx.htm] (http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleclk/clkidx.htm). > ***Voted primary election ballots must be received by the close of polls on Election Day.*** > ***Voted general election ballots, if sent by mail, must be postmarked by election day, and received by the local election office no later than 10 days after the election.*** > *** Voted ballots returned by fax or email must be returned by the close of polls on Election Day.*** No witness or notary is required on voted ballots. Voted ballots must be returned by mail. Overseas Uniformed Service members should request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DOD applied to their ballot materials at Military Postal Office locations (APO/FPO). This label provides free express mail service to your local election official for voted ballots mailed on or before the general election date. You retain a portion of the label for tracking your ballot through the U.S. Postal Service. You may track the status of your ballot at [http://www.wheredoivotema.com/track/trackmyballot.aspx] (http://www.wheredoivotema.com/track/trackmyballot.aspx).